One device was conspicuous among the ideas, software tools, and technical implementations presented at this year’s SAP TechEd in Berlin: Of the six Demo Jam finalists, three teams used smartphones with the Android operating system as their basis. Before the Demo Jam final got underway, a team of five developers was introduced. The remarkable thing about them was that they only got to know one another on the weekend and they developed a prototype within just 30 hours.
Meanwhile, Alexis Naibo, last year’s Demo Jam winner, made an appearance as testimony to the fact that these software morsels can become fully fledged products. Naibo used his prototype to develop the SAP BusinessObjects Explorer for iPhone app, which has now been downloaded 100,000 times from the Apple Online Store – see the article SAP TechEd 2009: Data Analysis on the iPhone.
Now, let’s turn to the six Demo Jam finalists and have a look at their ideas and software:
- 6th place: Smartphone services for small businesses
- 5th place: CLUEY prototype
- 4rd place: Tackling emergencies by smartphone
- 3th place: ARNIE – Augmented Reality, Now In Enterprises
- 2nd place: Time recording on the Android smartphone
- 1st place: Smartpen notes and sound recording
6th place: Smartphone services for small businesses
Jan Eloff and Craig Haworth’s team presented business services for smartphones, especially tailored to companies with up to 10 employees. The key differentiator of their software is the fact that the services are device-independent. The services include an enhanced customer search function and an invoice creation function that run in the telephony provider’s cloud.
5th place: CLUEY prototype
CLUEY is a prototype that enables informal information to be integrated with standard work processes, for example, in SAP CRM and SAP ERP. Personal desktop notes, which are not necessarily intended for all members of a group, can be linked with formal and official data in a system on a case-by-case basis.
3th place: ARNIE – Augmented Reality, Now In Enterprises
Alexander Dreiling and Marek Kowalkiewicz’ team tackled the topic of augmented reality combined with a smartphone. Normally, augmented reality displays great weaknesses in enclosed spaces and buildings, in other words, in places where there’s no GPS reception. But the team developed an app that enables augmented reality inside buildings, even without a satellite connection. What’s more, the document status can be sent to the back end using a unique QR code (or two-dimensional code) created for each document and readable using the smartphone camera.
4rd place: Tackling emergencies by smartphone
Stephen Dawson and Noreen O’Connor’s smartphone application aims to use geo tagging (location services) to track down a front-line worker to solve an issue when an alarm is raised at a data center. The app was written for the Android operating system.
Next page: Time recording on the Android smartphone
2nd place: Time recording on the Android smartphone
Second place went to Philippa Holland and Steffen Schwark from London-based Bluefin Solutions. They developed an Android app for time recording that sends data from the smartphone to the CATS (Cross-Application Time Sheet) back end in SAP. This app was developed without any involvement of SAP employees.
1st place: Smartpen notes and sound recording
The winners of the Demo Jam final were Florian Schultz from Livescribe and Tobias Queck from SAP. The two developers used the example of quality control for beer to show how handwritten and recorded notes can be transferred to the SAP system using a smartpen and SAP Easy Document Management.
The winners were chosen completely democratically by gauging the volume of the applause – as in previous years. The duo who received the loudest claps and cheers had the honor of taking the trophy home.